Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and History

     Adrienne Mayor
Saturday, November 22, 1:00 pm
Penn Museum, Philadelphia

3260 South Street, Philadelphia.

Illustrated lecture open to the public.  Mention AIA for free admission. 

Amazons—fierce horsewomen-archers on the fringes of the known world—were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles battled Amazon queens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over an Amazon army. But who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and freedom?

Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Stanford University Classics Department, delivers a lecture introducing her new book and signs copies.

In lecture and book she reveals surprising details and new insights about the lives of actual, flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes as revealed by archaeology who were mythologized as Amazons

Use Kress Entrance (on the East) and mention AIA

Upcoming lectures Spring 2014

To join either speaker for dinner after the lecture, please contact rfsutton at in advance.

Happy New Year from the AIA!

Please join us for our spring semester lecture series! All talks will take place at the Penn Museum, with a wine and cheese reception; please enter using the Kress entrance. If you're interested in dining with us after the talk with the lecturer, please email us at aiaphiladelphia at as soon as possible. 

Thursday, January 30th  ~  6:15 pm
Rainey Auditorium

Tom_Morton_thumbThomas J. Morton, Swarthmore College

Individuality within Regularity:  Visualizing Roman Design in North Africa

Architectural historians and archaeologists have an embarrassment of riches in Roman North Africa; there is evidence for about 675 municipal entities.  Thus, North Africa is an excellent place to study architectural and urban design during the Roman Empire. In this talk, Professor Morton will discuss the ‘individuality within regularity’ of architectural and urban design in Roman Africa and will use 3D visualizations to help articulate the Roman design process.

Monday, March 3rd  ~ 6:15 pm

profile-dr-alexis-castor.100.125.cAlexis Castor, Franklin and Marshall College

More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Italy

Gold necklaces, earrings and other accessories made by ancient goldsmiths still attract our attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men and enrich our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?  We will explore the many functions of jewelry, from bridal gifts to containers used in espionage. We will see the ways that personal ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.

March 27th  ~ 6:15 pm

KohAndrew Koh, Brandeis University and MIT

The Chemistry of Kinship: Daidalos and Kothar Revisited

Professor Koh employs archeological science to discuss the nature of commodities production, trade, and consumption the eastern Mediterranean during the later Bronze and Early Iron Age (roughly 1,700-700 BC).   Over the past nine years, his ARCHEM project based in Crete has sampled thousands of imported vessels in Greece, Israel, Egypt, Turkey to illuminate cross-cultural relationships between these areas.  By securely identifying for the first time the contents of a high volume of exchanged objects, this innovative work helps reveal the important roles these artifacts played in the economy and daily life of these different consumer societies, and the cultures with which each maintained contact.

Coming up next!

First, we would like to thank everyone for coming out to our last lecture on Seth at the Penn Museum! Our lecture series continues next week with John Dobbins at the Penn Museum on the 8th and the week afterwards with Archaeology Day-- we hope to see you all there.

John Dobbins, University of Virginia
October 8th at 6:15 PM, Penn Museum

Art, Archaeology, and Advanced Technology: The Case of the Alexander Mosaic at Pompeii

The Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun at Pompeii is perhaps the most famous mosaic surviving from antiquity. The pavement is famous for its detail. Surely looking at the mosaic and seeing the detail was part of the desired effect, part of the discovery, and part of the pleasure. Using a 3D model to recreate its setting for the year 100 BC, the speaker will show the surprising effects of the architectural elements and the natural light on the viewer’s experience

He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa. Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.

International Archaeology
Saturday, October 19th, Penn Museum

This fun family day at the Penn Museum will include birthday cake with the Sphinx and Egyptian-themed activities. The AIA talk will be Janet Stephens, who will demonstrate her recreation of ancient hair styles. Her presentation on hair styles of the Vestal Virgins at last year's Annual Meeting was quite a hit, and we're excited to bring her to the Penn Museum. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680 or online at

A preview of Our 2013-2014 Lecture Series

All events are currently scheduled to be held at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia; the speakers' information was compiled and sent to us from the AIA. We will provide updates on topics and dinners with the speakers this fall.
Eugene Cruz-Uribe will be joining us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 for an afternoon lecture on "Seth: Evil God of Power and Might." This event is co-sponsored by ARCE-PA. He has been with University of Arizona and California State University at Monterey Bay, and is now moving to Indiana University East (beginning in the fall of 2013). Professor Cruz-Uribe is widely published, and has conducted fieldwork at the Hibis Temple Project (Kharga Oasis), on the Demotic graffiti in the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, with the Middle Egyptian Quarries Project, and on the Kharga Oasis Coptic Graffiti.
John Dobbins of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville will lecture on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.
Andrew Koh will be our lecturer on Thursday evening, March 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.  He is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Since 2003 Professor Koh has been the Director of the ARCHEM Project on Crete, and is Co-Director of the Pyrgiotissa Cultural Heritage Project, and Associate Director of the Haifa-GW-Brandeis Kabri Archaeological Project in Israel.
We will also be helping out with the Penn Museum's Archaeology Day on October 19th, 2013!